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Kicked puppy syndrome

Here’s another installment in the continuing journey of trying to explain birtherism.

I reported poll results from South Carolina showing that birtherism is strong among the state’s Republicans.  Political science professor Scott Huffmon of Winthrop University did the Sept. 11-18 poll of 1,552 registered voters. Speaking to the Charleston City Paper, Huffmon suggested that the continuing high levels of belief that Obama was born outside the United States might be attributed to what he described as the “kicked puppy syndrome.”

Those claims, he says, are part of "the kicked puppy syndrome" ­–” that is, if someone asked you whether your enemy had kicked a puppy, you might be inclined to say he had.

"They make up a part of the general disappointment of conservatives in Obama," Huffmon says. "These folks are using any means that they can to express disapproval of the president."

This usage of  “kicked puppy syndrome” (also “kick-the-dog syndrome”) differs from another usage where the term is described as someone who is abused by a superior taking it out on someone else. That also could explain birtherism. Birthers feel abused by the 2008 election and want to get back at the President by making wild accusations.

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8 Responses to Kicked puppy syndrome

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    G September 24, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    That sounds like an apt term for it.

    Of course, I would say that the whole thing simply comes down to them disappointed that “one of them” doesn’t control every aspect of the country, which they feel entitled to, for life. They simply can’t accept his election at all and cannot accept any scenario where they don’t always get their way.

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    nbc September 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Speaking of Kicked Puppy Syndrome, Walt Fitzpatrick, at his sentencing decided to walk out the court room after having read his ‘statement’ that the Court lacked jurisdiction. When police officers returned him to his proper place, the Judge decided that, although he was initially going to sentence Walt to community service, his court room behavior convinced him that the full 6 months was a much better alternative.

    I cannot believe it how Walt manages to screw things up so much, all by himself.

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    Bovril September 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    H/T to NBC from Fogbow

    Walt’s latest status

    Offender Name: WALTER FRANCIS FITZPATRICK
    Offender ID: 84215
    Date of Birth: 01/27/1952
    Age: 59
    Race: White
    Gender: Male

    Custody Status: Transferred
    Location of Offender: Unknown Agency

    FEMA re-education camp..?
    MK-Ultra re-programming..?
    Guantanamo…?
    “Extraordinary rendition”

    Inquiring minds need to know….. 8-)

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    G September 24, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Good for the judge!

    nbc: Speaking of Kicked Puppy Syndrome, Walt Fitzpatrick, at his sentencing decided to walk out the court room after having read his statement’ that the Court lacked jurisdiction. When police officers returned him to his proper place, the Judge decided that, although he was initially going to sentence Walt to community service, his court room behavior convinced him that the full 6 months was a much better alternative.I cannot believe it how Walt manages to screw things up so much, all by himself.

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    nbc September 25, 2011 at 2:29 am #

    Walt is now in Loudon County Jail. The p&e wants to know why, have they not heard of investigative reporting?
    Sigh… Why is it so hard to do simple research I wonder? It ain’t that hard.

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    Northland10 September 25, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    nbc:
    Walt is now in Loudon County Jail. The p&e wants to know why, have they not heard of investigative reporting?
    Sigh… Why is it so hard to do simple research I wonder? It ain’t that hard.

    This is not surprising. Though I do not know the exact reason, transferring him would make some sense. Monroe County jail has had some issues with certification, according to the Advocate and Democrat, mainly due to overcrowding and ventilation (old building). Given Walt’s history with the county, the annoying inquiries from birthers, and some of the other inmates, and potential inmates, I could see the sheriff wanting him transferred elsewhere and out of their hair.

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    SueDB September 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    It doesn’t matter where he is transferred, the politicians have ensured the jails have never had enough money in this part of the country. The mindset is punishment even though you are in jail awaiting bail on a charge (of which you have not been convicted).

    If Wally got traded to GA, he could be working on a chain gang now instead of grousing about how everyone is out to get him. Idle hands are the Devil’s Tools.

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    nbc September 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    Northland10: Monroe County jail has had some issues with certification, according to the Advocate and Democrat, mainly due to overcrowding and ventilation (old building). Given Walt’s history with the county, the annoying inquiries from birthers, and some of the other inmates, and potential inmates, I could see the sheriff wanting him transferred elsewhere and out of their hair.

    And of course, who would want to have to deal with Walt anyway…